On 10 October 2013, over 90 countries including Germany and the European Union signed the Convention on Mercury in Minamata, Japan. The goal of the Minamata Convention is to curb mercury emissions worldwide. It thus serves to protect human health and the environment not only where mercury emissions are directly produced but also where they are transported. To date, 128 countries have signed the convention and 94 have ratified it. The Minamata Convention on mercury entered into force on 16 August 2017.
The second Conference of the Parties will be held from 19 to 23 November 2018 in Geneva.